Beef, potato & banana curry with cashew rice

Beef, potato & banana curry with cashew rice

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Banana and tamarind add a rich sweetness to this slow-cooked spice pot with nutty basmati and coconut sauce

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
1210
protein
57g
carbs
118g
fat
55g
saturates
24g
fibre
7g
sugar
30g
salt
0.3g

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 800g stewing beef, cut into chunks
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, bashed
  • 2 tbsp grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tbsp medium curry powder
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 400ml can coconut milk
  • 500g bag new potatoes, halved
  • 3 small or 2 large slightly underripe bananas, cut into 2cm-thick slices
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • small pack coriander, leaves only
  • squeeze of lemon juice (optional)

For the rice

  • 140g cashews, lightly bashed
  • 300g basmati rice
  • 4 tbsp crispy onions - make your own (see tip, below), or find them in tubs, alongside croutons, in supermarkets

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and heat half the oil in a large frying pan. Brown the beef in batches, and transfer to a flameproof casserole dish. Add the remaining oil to the pan with the onions, and fry gently until softened. Stir in the lemongrass, ginger, tamarind, garlic, turmeric, curry powder and sugar, and fry for a few mins until fragrant. Add the coconut milk with 1 can of water, stir into the beef and bring to a simmer. Cover and bake for 1 hr. Meanwhile, toast the cashews in a dry frying pan until golden.
  2. After 1 hr, stir in the new potatoes and cook for 1 hr more until the potatoes are tender, removing the lid halfway. The casserole can now be cooled and chilled, or frozen, if preparing ahead.
  3. Put the casserole back onto the hob. Stir in the bananas and garam masala and simmer, uncovered, for 10 mins until the sauce has thickened.
  4. Cook the rice following pack instructions, then mix with the cashews, crispy onions and some salt. Scatter the curry with coriander, season well, then taste – it may need a squeeze of lemon to finish it off.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2014

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lseastwood's picture
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Ok, but disappointing. Lacked flavour as other reviewers have said and consistency was a bit stodgy. Probably wouldn't bother making again

Raye's picture

The calorie count is probably close to correct if you're making this for 4 people. I would imagine it would serve at least 6.

harrowing's picture
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This is really delicious not too spicy, so I will probably add some chillies next time. I did use the slow cooker and adjusted the timings. Took longer obviously, but that meant I could get on with other things! I also used drained tinned potatoes. I didn't bash the lemon grass enough though

bonnebouffe's picture

1210 calories and 24 grams of saturated fat per serving! Can this be this right? Usually, I never criticize something I haven't tried making - but if these statistics are correct, I will not be trying out this recipe, even if it sounds temptingly delicious!

patriciaf's picture
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I made this recipe yesterday and was slightly disappointed as with all the flavoursome ingredients I/we were expecting a "taste explosion". The heat of the dish was good but we found it tasted a little bland. I did use low fat coconut milk due to the high calorific content and wondered if this would have any bearing on the taste? (Are there really that many calories per portion?!!!) I have never used tamarind before and wondered if anyone could tell me if I used more it would help with the depth of flavour?

Elialli's picture
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Flavour is lovely added a little more sugar in the end & this finished it off nicely! Made the rice without cashew nuts and crispy onions so hopefully this knocked some of the calories off!!

Elialli's picture
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1210 cal's per serving this doesn't add up?

Elialli's picture
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Surely not 1210 per serving this doesn't add up?

lorriii's picture

1210 calories per serving?!?! :O No way I'm trying this!!

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